Ghosal beats Yasir Butt to win Windy City Open Squash title

Chicago: Saurav Ghosal, the six times Indian champion, added another feather to his cap when he disseminated his Pakistan’s Yasir Butt 3-1 in what turned out to be an easy win at the Windy City Open Squash 2012 final at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA on Sunday.

Indian top seed and ranked 27th in the world, Saurav Ghosal signaled the end of the road for title-holder Olivier Pett when he beat the English qualifier in four games in the quarter-finals. Saurav spelt nemesis for Scotland’s fourth seed Alan Clyne 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 to enter the final of the Windy City Open squash tournament.

Yasir had come out all guns blazing in the finals with a rally of precision short shots catching Saurav of guard and taking early leads in all the games. But Saurav was up to the task and retrieved the shots which stopped Butt from playing to his strength – the attacking game.

Saurav continued to play his patient rallies and tired out his opponent before coming from behind and winning the first and second games. Yasir won the third game which was closely fought. Saurav was quick to nail Yasir in the fourth game and won the match comfortably 11 – 5.

The final score was 11 – 8, 15 – 13, 10 – 12 and 11 – 5.

The win at the Windy City Open Squash 2012 is one the biggest PSA titles that Saurav Ghosal has won in his career so far. He plays his next tournament in Richmond Virginia from February 20, 2012 onwards.